Simple, Transparent Rates
*Best for flexible/dynamic work.
**Best for clearly-defined writing tasks.
Which Billing Method
Should You Pick?
Hourly billing works best for projects that require ongoing availability with dynamic tasks. For instance, a content manager or staff writer role may have functions that include content planning, ideation, research, writing, publishing, promotion, and others. In such a case, hourly billing offers the best tradeoff between flexibility and productivity.
Role: Content Manager
Responsibilities: Manage a small business blog through ongoing keyword research, regular collaboration with the blog owner to create and maintain buyer personas and formulate short-term and long-term content ideas. Create and manage a content calendar, and write and publish one keyword-optimized 750-word blog post per week.
Time: 10 hours a week.
Compensation: $250 per week. ($25 per hour x 10 hours a week.)
Fixed-rate (per-word) billing works best for projects with clearly-defined writing tasks. For example, writing a 1000-word article is a clearly-defined writing task that would cost $100 ($0.1 x 1000 words). A per-word rate includes compensation for time spent on research, writing, and editing. Fixed-rate billing also works well for recurring writing tasks (e.g. two 700-word posts per week).
Role: Part-time Writer
Responsibilities: Write one 1,000-word keyword-optimized blog post per week based on provided keywords and guidelines.
Time: 24-hour turnaround time per article.
Compensation: $400 per month. (10 cents per word x 1,000 words x 4 articles per month)